The Emperor's New Groove

DVD Rating: ****

Reviewed by: Gator MacReady

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The anamorphically enhanced 1.66:1 picture is windowboxed and perfect in all areas. Colors are beautiful and well rendered and there are no problems whatsoever save the occasional, but minor and not bothersome, pixelation. A picture worth every penny.

The Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 soundtracks are not up to standards of live action movies. This is a comedy and mainly chat between Spade and Goodman, so dialogue is more abundant than sound effects. The dialogue is clear and the surrounds really only come into use during John Denney's score. But this is still a soundtrack that will excite younger audiences.

The commentary by Mark Dindal and Randy Fulmer is better than most. It includes some of the animators who explain what their contributions were to the film and details of how the film progressed from basic idea to completed production.

There is also a game and a music video on the first disc.

On the second disc, there is a large broken-up documentary where you can access and study every area of production in chronological order. The menus for this are a little hard to operate and the documentary itself is a tad childish. Like it did with Snow White, the Disney Corp has shown what to do with DVD and has put a lot of effort into this release. If only other studios would take a hint and try to match it.

Reviewed on: 14 Nov 2001
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Selfish young emperor learns humility when his power-crazed political adviser turns him into a llama.
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Product Code: D888342

Region: 2

Ratio: 1.66:1 Anamorphic

Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1

Extras: Disc 1 - Commentary by director Mark Dindal and producer Randy Fulmer; Trailers; Rascal Flatts’ music video, featuring the song "Walk The Llama Llama"; Set Top Game. Disc 2 - Experience The Complete Animation Process In A Tour With Dual Viewing Options. Get into the Groove: The Animation Groove, The Studio Groove. Development: The Development Process, The Research Trip, Story Treatment, Visual Still Frame Gallery, "Kingdom of the Sun" Concepts. Story and Editorial: The Story Process, Scene Pitches, Storyboard Pitch, Deleted and Unused Scenes. Layouts and Background: The Layout and Background Departments, Scene Planning, Storyboard To Film Comparison, Workbook Galleries. The Animation Process: The Animation Process, Character Animation, Character Voices, Background to Rough Animation Comparison, Animation/Character Tests & Galleries, Rough Animation to Clean Up Comparison Computer Generated Imagery Props, Animation Production Progression. Putting It All Together: Ink and Paint/Compositing, Clean Up Animation to Ink and Paint Comparison, Color Models, Still Frame Gallery. Music and Sound: Creating the Music and Sound Effects, Sting Music Video "My Funny Friend and Me" As Featured On The Soundtrack Mixing Demo, Mixing Demonstration. Publicity: Trailers & TV Spots Posters/Ad Campaign.

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